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  1. GG Riva

    Dundee v Pars

    Just cos something is a cliche, doesn't mean it's not factually correct or likely, BB. Statistically, the team which opens the scoring goes on to win more often than not. I remember a MOTD commentator saying that during Mourinho's time at Man U they scored first in 21 games and won the lot. I think Liverpool currently have an even longer record of not having lost a game in which they've gone in front.
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    You've misinterpreted my post, Vinnie. At no time was I suggesting that anyone eligible to vote should be denied their basic right. I was merely agreeing with Digs who suggested that the English electorate have got it seriously wrong in electing a Tory Government. I think that's because they've been misled and many voters have failed to recognise it, just as they did in the Brexit Referendum. Perhaps I'm not the most objective in either case, because my political position is slightly left of centre and I'm firmly pro-EU. Isn't it ironic though, that if everyone voted in their own, narrow self-interests, the Tories would never get into power? Why do I say that? Because there are far more people at the poorer end of the social scale, whose needs have been neglected or ignored by a succession of Tory Governments going back to Maggie Thatcher and beyond. Surely these people would have fared better under a Labour Government, even if Jeremy Corbyn is not everybody's cup of tea? (There was a former miner in the news who said he's voted Labour all his life until now. He voted Tory cos he wants Brexit done.) I would trust Corbyn before I'd trust Johnson, though that's not saying much. Time will tell. I think we've reached an impasse in Scotland. Voters have clearly stated they do not want a Tory Government. Boris Johnson has said he will block a second Independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon may take this to the courts. What happens if this appeal fails? It's likely that even more Scots will align themselves with the SNP in indignation. What then? A Catalunya-style uprising? Will Johnson send the troops up to Edinburgh to quell those rebellious Scots and arrest members of the Scottish cabinet? The will of the people cannot be suppressed indefinitely.
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    Old Turkish Proverb

    No, I can't take the credit for such a clever, thought-provoking piece of writing. I believe it was one of Alexander Kemal's ancestors in Anatolia
  4. ''The forest was shrinking, but the Trees kept voting for the Axe, for the Axe was clever and convinced the Trees that because he was made of wood, he was one of them.'' Hmmm......
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    What really rips my knitting is when politicians try to ingratiate themselves with the electorate by saying things like ''don't insult our voters' intelligence, they're very clued up.'' Clued up, my @r$e. I was recently taken to task for suggesting that a significant proportion of the electorate is very gullible. Does anyone need any further proof?
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    Every (democratic) nation gets the political leaders it deserves, apparently, although it could be argued that the UK is not really one nation. I don't think many voters, even staunch Labour supporters, we're too enamoured or convinced by Corbyn, whereas as Johnson painted himself as this jolly, affable, avuncular persona. He managed to get his 3 word message across to the electorate by repeating it over and over again. ☹
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    Like you, I'm hoping against hope that the Tories don't get a majority. There will be tactical voting for sure, but you confused me by slipping in the EU referendum in the same sentence. I take it that was an illustration of unpredictability rather than tactical voting? 🤔
  8. Some desperate gambling by a large number of clubs, all looking to join the gravy train that is the Premiership and some looking to rekindle past glories. Throwing more money around when already heavily in debt, can only end in tears or much worse. A scenario which could easily be repeated up here, albeit with smaller numbers. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/50674331 Not something that there's any danger of happening at EEP, as long as we have the current BoD.
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    League Cup Final

    I heard Tam Cowan on "Off the Ball" yesterday saying that BT Sport were putting on a 9 hour extravaganza around today's Scottish LC final today, but I thought it was probably a wind up. It isn't. They' kicked off with "Old Firm Breakfast." Not that I watched it. The rain drops running down my living room window were much more entertaining. If this crap weather continues, I may tune in at 3 pm and see if it's any good. I think it might be quite tasty for the neutrals - maybe not so much for the quality of the football but there will be plenty of edge, with both sides desperate to win, for different reasons. I would have preferred a final between two different teams, as it would have been the high point of their season, but it is what it is. I wonder why the 12 pm kick off to stop fans of both teams getting tanked up before the game has been abandoned? Is it a case of he who pays the fiddler calls the tune? I hope this decision doesn't produce another spike of violent incidents both in the streets of Glasgow and in the homes of fans who can't handle the fact that their team lost a game of football.
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    2030 World Cup

    No, the max no. of finalists until Spain 82 was 16. In some ways. reaching the latter stages can be harder if there are more teams, as you have to win more matches. If you're unlucky, you can be drawn in a ''group of death.'' Admittedly, this rarely seems to happen to the host country. Pure coincidence, of course. 😉
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    2030 World Cup

    Why would having more teams participating make it easier to reach the latter stages? My idea would be the semi-finals, btw. A wheen of host countries have managed that - even South Korea.
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    2030 World Cup

    Good how you axed my post in mid sentence, too. A career as a politician beckons, me thinks? 😃
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    2030 World Cup

    You won't get an argument from me over anything you've said above, except perhaps that hosting a tournament is a huge advantage as can be seen by the number of times the host country has either won the WC or at least made it to the latter stages of it. My arithmetic was slightly out, I forgot about the WC game that nobody wants - the so-called losers final, for 3rd place.
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    Pars v Morton

    Where's my effing lawyer's number? I may have described the result and performance at Stranraer as "unacceptable " or even a "debacle", but that hardly makes me a "ringleader." Of course, our Vinnie is taking the pith and he seems to have caught a nice big Highland salmon. ☺ I didn't call for Crawford's head on any forum, but rather stated that he would retain my support for as long as he was Pars manager, just like his predecessors. That doesn't make him immune from criticism as he himself stated. I'm delighted the Pars are back on track with two excellent wins, but tomorrow we face a team we are expected to beat without too much trouble and that prospect fills me with apprehension. Why? Cos I'm auld enough to have seen this script many times before and it doesn't always have a happy ending.
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    2030 World Cup

    I wonder how many England fans can't sleep at night because they cheated in 1966? 🤔 I think you meant 48 teams is too many. Hard to argue with that, Vinnie. FIFA are just looking to maximise income by selling the international jamboree to even more countries around the globe. Apparently, the new 48 team format, which comes into operation in 2026, will (only) produce 16 extra games. There will be 16 groups of 3 teams, top 2 qualifying for last 32 = 48 matches. Straight knockout after that producing another 31 games if my arithmetic is still up to scratch, for a total of 79 games. The present format involves 63 games which is more than enough, imo. It just means we'll pick and choose even more games to avoid watching.....